Midland girls win by mercy rule 10-2
HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington High softball team looked to be off and running in its clash with rival Cabell Midland Friday evening.
Cabell Midland (4-0) had runners on second and third base with no one out in the top of the first inning, but Highlanders pitcher Morgan Kinder was able to work her way out of the jam while only conceding one run.
In the bottom of the inning, Rachel Bias jacked a two-run home run that put Huntington High up by one.
But the Highlanders (3-4) would only get two more runners on base in the contest, one on an error and one on a walk, as Cabell Midland won in five innings by mercy rule, 10-2.
In the top of the second, the Highlanders got two outs before walking Makayla Waugh. Waugh stole second, then moved to third on a bunt by Morgan Zerkle, who managed to reach first base. A wild pitch allowed Waugh to score, then Mandi King came up and doubled to bring Zerkle around.
By the time the inning was done, Cabell Midland had scored three runs and the Highlanders had committed three errors.
Again Huntington High would get two outs with no one on in the top of the third before giving up three consecutive hits that resulted in another run.
The floodgates opened in the top of the fifth when Cabell Midland scored four runs on hits by Waugh and Jaime Schussler.
"Our hitting wasn't as on as I had hoped it would be today, but we got some timely hits," said Midland coach Jeanne Lunsford.
Lunsford also had her players moving on almost every pitch which led to uncontested steals that turned into runs through hits or errors.
Cabell Midland pitcher Jenna Marsh knuckled down after giving up the Bias home run, pitching the remainder of the game without allowing a hit while striking out four.
She only gave up one earned run, as Kinder, who scored on the home run, had reached first on an error.
"After that first inning, she really settled in," Lunsford said of Marsh. "It was her first start, and practicing in the barn and actually getting outdoors are two different things. This is only our fourth game, and we've still got a long way to go."
Huntington High coach Darren Woody said the game was typical of how the season has gone so far.
"Right now, there's a lack of consistency," he said. "Then again, you're off 13 days, it can cause problems.
"Midland's a great team, they always will be, but we have to make the routine plays -- catch the fly balls and do a better job of doing the fundamentals. If we do that, we'll continue to improve each game."
CABELL MIDLAND 131 14 -- 10 15 2
HUNTINGTON HIGH 200 00 -- 2 1 5
Marsh and Koontz. Kinder, Daniels and Collins.
Hitting: (CM) Kelley, 2-4, 2 RBIs; King, 3-3, 2-2B, RBI; Zerkle, 1-2, 3 runs; Waugh, 2-2, 2 RBIs, 2 runs. (H) Bias 1-2, HR, 2 RBIs.